MUFC profile: Dejan Pandurevic
BEING ASKED to lead the line for Manly United is no mean feat.
Especially when you are 19 years of age.
That is the role striker Dejan Pandurevic has taken on with gusto this season and his ten goal return (including FFA Cup games) shows his quality.
“I am happy with how I am playing at the moment, but most importantly I am helping the team each week,” he said.
“I’m learning as I go, I have the best defenders from across Sydney marking me most weeks.
“We (Manly United) are playing good football as a unit, and results are following.”
Pandurevic could have easily kicked stones after he was released by the Central Coast Mariners last May.
Instead he came back to Cromer Park and began to play under coach Paul Dee.
“I took it on the chin, it is part of football,” he said.
“Coaches like certain players and for whatever reason I wasn’t part of Tony Walmsley’s future plans.
“I have moved on.”
Pandurevic, who was a stand out with Nike’s ‘The Chance’ football program in the UK as a 17-year-old, still desires to play abroad.
But he is in no hurry.
“At Manly I feel I can improve the little things in my game,” he said.
“As I get older I am going to get stronger – so when I do go over and try my luck in Europe I want to be in the best shape possible.”
The Collaroy Plateau resident is of Serbian descent and he oozes class when it comes to his technical ability.
His chief aim this season is to work on his decision making, which also comes with on field maturity.
“I know what I have to do to improve, it is a good spot to be in,” he said.
“Being a full-time professional footballer has always been the goal, I won’t stop until that happens.”